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Work starts on £1.1 million Northway road widening scheme

Work on a major £1.1million carriageway widening scheme on the Northway in Portadown has started.

Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy said the contract for the capital scheme, which will involve the widening of 1.9 kilometres of carriageway to two lanes in each direction from the Seagoe to Kernan Loop junctions, has now been awarded to Gibson (Banbridge) Ltd.

The scheme is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Mr Kennedy said: “This is a significant capital investment in the road network in the Craigavon area. The scheme will help improve the movement of the 27,000 vehicles a day that use the route which is a critical link to and from the M1 Motorway.

“Road improvements such as this will inevitably lead to some disruption and I would ask the public for their cooperation and patience during the construction works.”

Every effort will be made during the work to minimise disruption for the travelling public.

In order to achieve this and carry out the work safely, it will be necessary to prevent vehicles from turning right both into and out of the Seagoe Road. This work will also require a lane closure restricting traffic to a single lane in each direction with a temporary speed limit of 30mph along this section of the Northway for the duration of the works.

The contract will also focus on completing works at the Kernan Loop junction as early as practical in order to reduce delays. The scheme will improve road safety and traffic progression along this section of the Northway by upgrading this section from a three-lane carriageway to a four-lane carriageway including junction improvements. This important work will accommodate existing and the expected future traffic growth in the area.

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